Yuki Furukawa

Recent and archived articles by Yuki Furukawa

28 Dec 2018 | 2:30 PM

Sony boosts 3D camera output after interest from phone makers

Sony Corp, the biggest maker of camera chips used in smartphones, is boosting production of next-generation 3D sensors after getting interest from customers including Apple Inc.

A prototype of Sony Corp’s 3D camera module is arranged for a photograph at the company’s Atsugi Technology Center in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. — Bloomberg
14 Dec 2018 | 4:30 PM

Apple screen supplier looks for a life beyond smartphones

Japan Display Inc, a struggling supplier of screens for Apple Inc’s iPhone, needs another cash cow amid sputtering smartphone demand. The company thinks it’s found the answer in sensors.

Japan Display’s stock has dropped almost 80% this year to a record low on pessimism over demand for Apple’s new iPhone model. — Reuters
9 Nov 2018 | 10:00 AM

Amazon Go has a real rival in Japan and its stock is soaring Inc is betting that stores of the future won’t have any clerks or registers. A company in Japan thinks it can get there first.

20 Sep 2018 | 3:00 PM

Quartz’s new owner ready to fight Facebook, Twitter on home turf

Yusuke Umeda is showing unusual commitment to turning his little-known Japanese company into a global media power.

27 Aug 2018 | 2:11 PM

Rakuten details plan to fight back against Amazon, SoftBank

Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc is offering a glimpse into its ambitious plan to build a cutting-edge wireless network to take on Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp, stay in the lead in mobile payments and win back market share from Inc.

Rakuten will focus on three areas in the next two to four years: expanding its mobile-payment business, improving logistics for e-commerce customers and building a wireless carrier, according to Hyakuno. — AFP
23 Aug 2018 | 5:13 PM

Nikon takes on Sony with mirrorless camera

Nikon Corp unveiled its first full-frame mirrorless cameras, seeking to make up lost ground against Sony Corp in the professional photography market.

Ushida holding a Nikon Z7, the company's new full-frame mirrorless digital camera, during a news conference lunching it in Tokyo, Japan. — Bloomberg
23 Aug 2018 | 3:19 PM

Super Mario creator warns gaming industry: Don’t be too greedy

The legendary videogame designer who created Super Mario and Donkey Kong has a word of advice for today’s industry: stop nickel-and-diming users.

1 Aug 2018 | 3:41 PM

Sony jumps to decade high as PlayStation drives higher forecast

Sony Corp jumped to its highest in more than a decade after raising its outlook for the current fiscal year, thanks to robust sales of the PlayStation 4 console and profits from its stake in recently listed Spotify Technology SA.

17 Jul 2018 | 10:00 AM

SoftBank launching app to find parking spaces in Japan

SoftBank Group Corp is rolling out a new app that will let drivers find and reserve parking spaces across Japan.

SoftBank, which has invested in ride-sharing services including Uber Technologies Inc, said it’s aiming to change how people park, using data compiled through BLUU. — Reuters
4 Jul 2018 | 5:00 PM

Japan Display bets on dashboard flash for drivers

Fully digital screens are replacing speedometers and dials in vehicles, making industry leader Japan Display Inc optimistic about boosting sales to global carmakers.

The digital dashboard of a Byton electric concept vehicle. Japan Display is betting that the shift to electric vehicles will make screens the key selling point for any car as drivers pay more attention to the interior aesthetics of automobiles than what’s under the hood. — Bloomberg